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Plotter and Pantser

,It’s that time of the week – Tuesday Discussion.

From those who are new, each week I post a topic (relevant to my WIP) and try to unravel the mysteries and perspectives of it. Last weeks post was Character Voice Between Multiple POVs and this week is:

Plotter and Pantser.

It is one of the great debates of authors, do we plot or do we just sit down and let the characters work out the story plots. Firstly here is a quick definition if you are unsure of what is a plotter and pantser are.

A Plotter also called outlining and it involves a process where you create a structure for your novel before you write it. You write headlines for the major plot points of your novel which provide a map by which you navigate your way through, filling in the detail as you go.

A Pantser, is the complete oppositeis unsurprising, the act of sitting down and writing, quite literally, by the seat of your pants. The cliched version of this will see you opening up your laptop, or sharpening your pencil in that decisive way that you do, and then start to write with no forward planning, no idea of where your characters or story will take you.

Do you outline your projects before writing them, or do you pants your way through a number of drafts?

I write with both at mind. I tend to outline the general direction where I want my character’s story to head but I tend to sit down and just write with the outline at close stand-by, so I don’t waffle, or distract away from the major plot line.

I found with being a panster, subplots appear throughout the story for my characters arc, personality and motivation.


Do you strictly plot? or dabble into both like me?


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